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Amendment to Student Handbook Section XIX Code of Conduct, Article V, §5-2.5 (February 9, 2016):


     (a) Upon receiving a complaint based on a Code of Conduct violation, the Dean or Assistant Dean of Students (or designee) may issue a temporary suspension from the College when the allegations against the student are sufficiently serious or alarming so as to reasonably believe, given the academic and/or campus environment, that immediate separation is required to address a risk to the safety of other students, IIT faculty, IIT property or to stop ongoing harassment or intimidation of an IIT faculty member, administrator, or student. Pending a hearing, the Dean, Assistant Dean of Students (or designee) may issue a temporary “no contact” order to the student not to have any contact (written, oral, electronic and/or in-person) with a party who has been the target of the students’ conduct. Breach of the no contact order can result in additional Code of Conduct charges.

     (b) Any student suspended pending resolution of the Code of Conduct process may seek expedition of the prosecutorial investigation and possible hearing to follow. If a request for expedition is made, the prosecutor should determine within five days whether probable cause exists to convene a Tribunal. If no probable cause exists, the no contact order will be dissolved. If probable cause is determined, the Tribunal shall convene a hearing, if possible, within the succeeding two weeks. The suspended student, upon request, shall be granted access to audiotapes from all classes missed and, if required, other reasonable accommodations shall be made to permit the student to keep up with course work pending resolution of the Honor Code process.

     (c) Any amendment to the Code of Conduct, other than redefining conduct giving rise to discipline, shall be effective immediately, notwithstanding §10-5 of the Code.

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Fall 2015 CALI Awards. The CALI Excellence for the Future Award, sponsored by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, is given to the student or students who receive the highest grade in each section of each course. The CALI award winners for Fall 2015 courses are available by clicking here. If a section or a course is not listed, that means the professor elected not to give a CALI award, or we have not yet heard from the professor. Congratulations to all of you who received an award - you should be proud of your achievement. There will be a luncheon early next Fall for all 2015-2016 CALI Award winners; certificates will be distributed at that time.

Pass/Fail Elections.Pass/fail elections for the Spring semester must be made online no later than Monday, February 15, 5:00pm. Please review section 2.4 "Pass/Fail Election" in the Student Handbook if you have any questions regarding your pass/fail elections. In order to make your election, you should:

  1. Log into Web for Students.

  2. Select the "Take Class Pass/Fail" option under the "Online Forms" heading

  3. Select the course you would like to take on a pass/fail basis

  4. Submit your selection

The Registrar's Office will review your request and inform you if there is any problem with your request.

Legal Writing Ethics Guidelines. This is a reminder that the Chicago-Kent Legal Writing Ethics Guidelines apply to all Chicago-Kent students, including students enrolled in first-year and upper-level writing courses (Legal Writing 1, Legal Writing 2, Legal Writing 3, Legal Writing 4, and all seminars). The Guidelines, which address a variety of issues, including plagiarism, are available by clicking here. If you have not reviewed the Guidelines recently, please do so.

Notice to Students in Substance Abuse Recovery (or who want to be). If you are in recovery for a substance abuse problem, or if you are not in recovery but would like help with a substance abuse problem, consider contacting the Lawyers Assistance Program. This confidential program exists to help lawyers, judges, and law students with alcohol abuse, drug dependency, or mental health problems. If you are already in recovery, there are weekly A.A. meetings at LAP's Chicago office on Tuesdays, 12:15-1:15 pm, and Thursdays, 12:15-1:15 pm, , at 20 S. Clark Street, Suite 1820. If you are not in recovery but would like to find out more about what LAP can do for you, call or stop by LAP's office, or go to their web site at

Reminder About IIT's Political Activity Policy. (From the IIT General Counsel's Office:) As a tax-exempt entity, IIT is prohibited from directly or indirectly participating or intervening in any campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for elective office, and IIT has an obligation to refrain from engaging in any partisan political activity. Violation of these prohibitions against such activities could jeopardize the university's tax-exempt status.

While individuals are free to express their opinions and to support political candidates on their own, it must be clear that the individual is acting on his or her own behalf and not on behalf of IIT. No one should identify himself or herself as an employee of IIT when supporting a candidate. If, when speaking or writing on behalf of a candidate someone is identified as an IIT faculty member or other employee, that individual should indicate prior to any speech or as part of any writing that the comments are personal and not intended to represent the views of IIT. Further, no individual or event may use the name, symbols or resources of the university in any way in connection with any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for political office.

Specific examples of impermissible activities include, but are not limited to (i) using university letterhead, campus mail, telephones or email accounts to solicit support or contributions for a candidate; (ii) using university funds to purchase tickets for a candidate's fund-raiser; and (iii) putting campaign posters on university property.

Political candidates may use or rent IIT facilities only if all candidates are allowed the opportunity to use or rent such facilities on equal terms and conditions.

Subject to certain conditions and restrictions, political candidates may be invited to speak at events without jeopardizing IIT’s tax-exempt status; however, no such invitation should be extended without the extending party first discussing the invitation with the General Counsel’s Office, so as to ensure that the invitation complies with applicable laws.

Certain voter education activities, including voter registration and get-out-the-vote drives, are permissible but only if they are undertaken in accordance with applicable rules and regulations and are conducted in a non-partisan manner. Again, before any such activities are undertaken, the initiating party should contact the General Counsel's Office.

Any questions about this policy should be directed to Anthony D. D'Amato, General Counsel, at 7-8821.

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